Cricket Club News – New Season Gets Uuderway –

B&FCC NEWS – NEW SEASON GETS UNDERWAY

With snowflakes falling, the wind blowing hard and the temperature struggling to get into double figures, the new cricket season began with an inter-club 10 a side friendly on Sunday 11 April.

The typically traditional English April weather did not stop a lively and entertaining affair taking place on the field with captain Charlie Ashmore’s XI winning the T20 match against vice-captain Steve Nelligan’s side.

The arrival of a mobile coffee van serving hot drinks and delicious sausage rolls was particularly welcome mid-innings. Other afternoon highlights included a promising innings from teenager Harry Osborne, members trying in vain to rescue a frisbee hoop from a tree near the pavilion and the appearance of a sun screen dispenser inside the changing rooms. Let’s hope we get the chance to use it this summer.

The season properly got under way last Sunday with an exciting away match at our good friends Eydon, B&FCC only being denied what would have been a deserved victory by an astonishing display of power hitting in the final few overs by home batsman Joe Cox.

Set to make 94 off 20 overs the home side struggled throughout against some excellent bowling, especially Ollie Webb who took four wickets with his left arm spin. With five overs left B&FCC were seemingly coasting to victory as Eydon slumped to 53-9. All that changed when Joe came to the wicket and proceeded to hit a succession of fours and sixes that left everyone gasping in admiration as he took his team to a one-wicket victory.

Off the field, vice captain Steve Nelligan has been appointed the club’s new welfare/safeguarding officer. Thanks to him for taking on this responsibility. Also joining, and a name that older cricket club players may remember, is Roger Wilson. Former Badby player is CEO of Northants recreational cricket, chairman of South Northants junior cricket league and a level 2 coach – welcome aboard Roger.

Fixtures:

Sunday 25 April Shenley Church End (H).

May:

    • Sunday 2  Spencer Bruerne (A),
    • Sunday 9   Braunston (H),
    • Sunday 16  Crick Lions (H),
    • Sunday 23    Abington (H),
    • Sunday 30  Blakesley (A).

All matches start at 2pm.

Graeme Whitcroft

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